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Judith Barsi Jaws: The Revenge

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 03:54 PM

There is only one word to aptly describe this story. Sad. Judith was ten years old, and had been in numerous television shows, commercials and a few feature films. Judith played Thea Brody in Jaws: The Revenge... One of the television films Judith was in was called Fatal Vision, about a little girl murdered by her father. Art imitates life, imitates art.

Judith’s mother came from Hungary in 1956. She ditched the land of the Gabors and came to America where she met a guy named Jozsef, who was also from Hungary. He dazzled her with cash, and they were married. They had their daughter on June 6, 1978. Maria (the mom) wanted to be an actress (as most stage mothers do) and she relished the new found fame she achieved through her daughter. Judith was discovered at an ice skating rink.

When Judith became very successful, Jozsef went into overdrive, and really laid it on. For instance, before Judith went to the Bahamas to film Jaws IV, Jozsef held a knife up to his daughter’s throat and told her, "If you decide not to come back, I will cut your throat." There are plenty more psychotic episodes to mention, but they are so disturbing – and we all get the picture here, don’t we?

By 1988, Judith was pulling in $100,000 a year. They bought a nice three bedroom house in the Valley. It was located on Michale Street, at 22100. One of the first things Jozsef did was erect a fence around the place. They pretty much kept to themselves, but Maria did socialize with a few of the neighbors, and other stage mothers.

Sadly, everyone knew what a nut he was. Maria would constantly complain to people that Jozsef abused them, and threatened to kill them, and burn the house down. He was a mean drunk. People tried to intervene, but to no avail. When Judith started showing outward signs of odd behavior (she plucked her own eyebrows out), it was recommended that she see a shrink. When Judith told the shrink about the abuse at home, alarm bells rang, and the shrink told Maria to call the authorities. Maria did, but not much was done. Jozsef agreed to a divorce, and Maria told them that everything was under control.

About 8:30 in the morning of July 27, 1988 a neighbor heard a shot come from the house, and then saw smoke billowing out. She called 911 and thought, "he finally killed them."

Judith was sleeping in her nightgown in her canopied bed, just a few feet from the pink television set her father bought her as an apology for yanking her by the hair. She was mercifully asleep when he shot her in the head. Maria heard the shot, and came running – still in her own nightgown. He blew her brains out in the hallway... Jozsef then went into the garage, got the gasoline out, dowsed the bodies and set them on fire. Then he walked into the garage and blew his brains out.

On August 9, there was a funeral at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. Six uniformed pallbearers carried the white caskets of Maria and Judith to their unmarked graves.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 07:50 AM

An awful news story. I remember reading about it when it happened, and it hadn't been that long since I'd seen her in Jaws: The Revenge on the big screen in 1987. What a tragedy....
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 04:45 PM

This really is such a sad story indeed, just heartbreaking.
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